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As crises grow, UN humanitarian chief cites need for funding, access to ensure aid delivery

16 June 2014 – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official today urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively.

UN condemns mass executions in Iraq, urges leaders to prevent sectarian reprisal

16 June 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the reported “cold-blooded” mass execution in Iraq in recent days, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals.

As Iraq’s insurgency spreads beyond Mosul, UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by reported abuses

13 June 2014 – As insurgents continue to overrun parts of northern Iraq, the United Nations human rights chief expressed “extreme alarm” today at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and the massive displacement of some half a million people, many of whom are now in urgent need of shelter.

In final charge to UN rights council, top official urges universal protections for all

10 June 2014 – In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed today the benefit to all countries of ensuring universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse, even if it means the countries are then subject to criticism.

Upcoming launch of truth commission hailed by UN as 'step forward' for Tunisia

06 June 2014 – The United Nations has welcomed the upcoming launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia, calling it a step forward in addressing past human rights violations in the North African nation.

Worsening health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike draws concern of UN human rights expert body

05 June 2014 – Gravely concerned about the reported worsening health of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike now in hospital protesting Israel’s continued use of administrative detention, members of a United Nations committee today urged Israel to end the practice and heed the “desperate plea” prisoners to be told what they are accused of so they can mount a defence.

Rising levels of violence in Syria resulting in growing humanitarian needs – UN official

04 June 2014 – The demand by the Security Council for aid access to war-torn Syria has not produced the intended result, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today, while warning that the needs of those affected are rising steadily as the conflict rages on.

‘If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere,’ Ban tells New York City Mayor de Blasio

02 June 2014 – Big cities like New York are on the frontlines of the climate threat as well as engines of innovation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, welcoming Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to “green” the “city that never sleeps” and to pursue a framework for sustainable urban areas.

Failure to refer Syria to international court opens door to more atrocities, UN experts warn

30 May 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today emphasized that the Security Council’s inability to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) leaves the door wide open for new atrocities in the ongoing conflict.

Despite Security Council measure, calls for aid access in Syria being ignored – UN relief official

29 May 2014 – Three months after the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution aiming to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, a senior United Nations official is once again appealing for rapid, unhindered and safe access to besieged Syrians.